Minangkabau International Airport

Minangkabau International Airport (IndonesianBandar Udara Internasional Minangkabau) (IATAPDGICAOWIEE) is the principal airport serving the province of West Sumatra on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. It is located about 23 km north-west ofPadang, in KetapingPadang Pariaman regency. The airport became operational in July 2005, replacing the old Tabing Airport in Padang. The airport is named after the Minangkabau ethnic group who inhabit the region. There is one terminal building for both international flights and domestic flights. The airport has 17 check-in counters, 5 baggage conveyors, and 9 ticket sales counters. The architecture of airport terminal adopting bagonjong (spired roof), Minangkabau vernacular architecture commonly found inrumah gadang traditional house.

In late 2013, the runway was lengthen to 250 m that now compatible with Boeing 747Airbus A340 planes, and also there was a plan to connect the airport to the city of Padang with a train service. The terminal expansion (Phase II) is already announced and the rendering is already released in Angkasa Pura 2 website.

Being both so close to the equator and near antipodes, Minangkabau International Airport and Carlos Concha Torres International Airport is the pair of airports most distant from each other, at 20,035 km – merely 2.5 km shorter than the largest possible great circle over the Earth.

History

Minangkabau International Airport is located 23 km from the center of the city of Padang, occupying an area of ± 427 hectares as the main gateway to West Sumatra. The airport was built in 2001 replacing Tabing Airport which has been operating for 34 years. The relocation from Tabing Airport to Minangkabau International Airport was done because the old airport could no longer meet the requirements in terms of flight safety. The new airport construction cost approximately 9.4 billion yen, in the form of soft loan from Japan Bank International Corporation (JICB) and the state budget of around Rp 97.6 billion (10% of it). The constructions were carried out by the main contractors Shimizu and Marubeni of Japan JO and Adhi Karya from Indonesia.

There are a number of flights serving the routes from and to Minangkabau International Airport, similar to the former Tabing Airport. These routes help to connect Padang to Jakarta, Medan, Batam and Pekanbaru domestically; whereas international routes connect it to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Currently there are six national airlines and one foreign airlines operating at Minangkabau International Airport. The Airport can accommodate wide-body aircraft like Airbus A330 or Boeing 747 and upon completion of the all the facilities in the future, it would have better facilities for passengers and operators as compared with the former Tabing Airport.

Minangkabau International Airport is the second airport in Indonesia, after Soekarno–Hatta Airport at Cengkareng, to be constructed from scratch. According to the Airport's Masterplan, this airport would be built in three phases; phase two would begin in 2010. When all phases have been completed, a long runway extended up to 3,600 m would be in place. It will also be equipped with a parallel taxiway along the runway. Other constructions include supporting facilities and main passenger terminal building. Given current favorable growth, the number of passengers has reached 1.3 million per year, already more than double the previous target of 622,000 passengers per year to be met by 2010. There is an obvious need for Minangkabau International Airport to be developed and the services to be up-graded as soon as possible in order to accommodate an increasing number (and higher expectations ) of passengers and goods in the future.

Along with the development of the airport, the local government has completed (at substantial delay) a flyover at the intersection of the entrance to the airport which links the Airport with the By-pass arterial road. Another planned upgrade includes road widening of a 10 km stretch Tabing – Duku section,being part of Padang – Bukit Tinggi road.